We’ve seen the dressed-up-dogs, the motorcycle-riding cats and the rabbits in hats – we know that Japan takes pets to a new level. This guy has a much more chilled version though…. Tsukishima local Hisao Mitani (63) has been taking his pet Bon-chan on daily walks for years, much to the joy of local children, and the confusion of local dogs. Bon-chan was brought home as a gift by Mitani’s wife during Obon festival, leading to his festive name. At 70kg he’s a hefty sized African Tortoise and lives off a diet of vegetables and fruit whilst living like a king in a specially-built enclosure.

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So, next time you’re around Tsukishima keep an eye out for this guy… but don’t worry, you probably won’t miss him!

By the way, if you’re craving some animal-attention – here’s our guide to Tokyo’s animal cafes!



 

 

 

 

 

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